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Postal²
Developer: Running With Scissors
Publisher: Whiptail Interactive
Engine: Unreal Engine 2
Release date: April 13, 2003
Genre: First-person shooter
Game modes: Single player, multiplayer
ESRB rating: Mature
Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
Media: CD
System requirements: Pentium III CPU, 128MB RAM, DirectX 8
Input: Keyboard and mouse

Postal² is a 2003 computer game by Running With Scissors. It is a sequel to the 1997 Postal. Both are highly and intentionally controversial due to high levels of graphic violence, particularly aimed at unarmed civilians. Unlike its predecessor, Postal² is a first-person shooter based on the Unreal Graphics Engine. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video or computer games. ... Running With Scissors, Inc. ... Video game publishers are companies that publish video games that they have either developed internally or have had developed by a video game developer. ... The Unreal engine is one of the more popular action video game engines. ... April 13 is the 103rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (104th in leap years). ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... This is listing of computer and video game genres with a brief description and examples from each genre. ... A first-person shooter (FPS) is a computer or video game where the players on-screen view of the game world simulates that of the character, and there is some element of shooting involved. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... Multiplayer is a mode of play for computer and video games in which multiple people can play the same game at the same time. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games in the United States. ... Microsoft Windows is a range of commercial operating environments for personal computers. ... Macintosh, also known as Mac, is a family of personal computers manufactured by Apple Computer, Inc. ... Tux, a lovable and cuddly penguin sitting down after having gorged itself on herring, is the official Linux mascot. ... Image of a recordable compact disc (pencil included for scale) A compact disc (or CD) is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... The Pentium III is an x86 (more precise - i686) architecture microprocessor by Intel, introduced on February 26, 1999. ... The central processing unit (CPU) is the part of a computer that interprets and carries out the instructions contained in the software. ... Different types of RAM. From top to bottom: DIP, SIPP, SIMM 30 pin, SIMM 72 pin, DIMM, RIMM RAM redirects here. ... The current official DirectX logo. ... QWERTY computer keyboard A computer keyboard is a peripheral modelled after the typewriter keyboard. ... Operating a mechanical 1: Pulling the mouse turns the ball. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and also: The International Year of Freshwater The European Disability Year Events January January 1 - Luíz Inácio Lula Da Silva becomes the 37th President of Brazil. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Running With Scissors, Inc. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Reef. ... Postal is an ultraviolent and controversial computer game made by Running With Scissors and published by Ripcord Games in 1997. ... Critics say that games such as Grand Theft Auto 3 advocate real-life crimes, like carjacking. ... A first-person shooter (FPS) is a computer or video game where the players on-screen view of the game world simulates that of the character, and there is some element of shooting involved. ... The Unreal engine is one of the more popular action video game engines. ...

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Gameplay

In Postal², the player takes on the role of 'Postal Dude', a tall thin man with a goatee, sunglasses and a big black leather coat. 'Postal Dude' lives in a trailer park with his nagging wife in the fictional Arizona town of 'Paradise', and the game is split into days of the week. At the start of each day the player is given several tasks to accomplish, such as 'Get milk', 'Confess sins', etc. The rest is, supposedly, up to the player. A singer with a moustache and a goatee A goatee is a beard formed by a tuft of hair on the chin, resembling that of a billy goat. ... A trailer park is a neighborhood consisting of an area of land where mobile homes rest. ... State nickname: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State Other U.S. States Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Governor Janet Napolitano Official languages English Only State Area 295,254 km² (6th)  - Land 294,312 km²  - Water 942 km² (0. ...


Like the Grand Theft Auto series, the game aims to be non-linear by allowing the player to explore the town of Paradise. At first, the Postal Dude can only enter the neighborhood areas directly adjacent to his own neighborhood, but new areas are unlocked as each day of the week passes. However, the local inhabitants also become progressively more violent and heavily armed as the week goes on, making exploration more dangerous. Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a video game series created and developed by Rockstar North (Changed from DMA Design) which debuted in 1997 and published by Rockstar Games. ...


Unlike Grand Theft Auto, the game world is not one single large continous map, but rather several different neighborhood maps broken up by loading zones. One of the main gameplay complaints about the game was that the loading time for each new map was too long, seriously interrupting the flow of gameplay.


The game also features a cameo by Gary Coleman, who appears early on as the objective of one of the game's tasks (get Gary's autograph). If the player choses, he can fight and kill Coleman as one of the game's two boss characters. Gary Coleman (born February 8, 1968 in Zion, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Flag Ship from the video game Gorf In video games, a boss (sometimes called a guardian) is a particularly large or difficult computer-controlled character that must be defeated at the end of a segment of a game, whether it be for a level, an episode, or the very end...


Controversy

The developers of the game counteracted criticism of the violence by claiming that the amount of violence is up to the players — they may go about their tasks without causing trouble, or they can create mayhem. Critics state that the game clearly urges people playing the game to indulge in homicidal behaviour, given that the player is often attacked by ludicrous hate groups, who despise everything from books to Christians. Additionally, there are long queues when the player goes to the bank or shop, the people of 'Paradise' are exceptionally rude and spit insults at the player if he or she dare bumps into them, and furthermore weapons ranging from machine guns to napalm-launchers are left lying about for the player to pick up. A hate group is an organized group or movement that advocates hate, hostility or violence towards a group of people or some organization upon spurious grounds, despite a wider consensus that these people are not necessarily better or worse than any others. ... This article is about the religious people known as Christians. ... A machine gun is a fully-automatic firearm that is capable of firing bullets in rapid succession. ... A napalm airstrike during the Vietnam War Napalm is a flammable, gasoline-based weapon invented in 1942. ...


Going on the rampage (or going postal, the phrase which the game is named after) is clearly encouraged, but never necessary. However, some missions put the player into extremely hostile environments, where the player is enticed, but not forced, to kill the people attacking him/her. Several ambient features like advertisement signs and shop names and interiors are loaded with some dark humor, thus exposing the decadent nature of 'Paradise' and letting the player more inclined to resort to violence. Going postal is an American English slang term, used as a verb meaning to commit murder, mass murder or a killing spree in the workplace, generally by a current or former employee. ...


The game also involves some obvious inside jokes. The player's character actually works for Running With Scissors — the game's developers — with its offices being the scene of a protest by a group opposed to violent computer games. An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ... Running With Scissors, Inc. ...


Some game critics regarded Postal² as being a single-joke affair which clearly set out to shock and has limited play-value, but it also has quite a cult following.


Some of the more controversial aspects of the game are:

  • Al Qaeda terrorists who carry out a suicide bombing of a church
  • The ability to urinate on people to make them vomit in disgust
  • Anthrax-filled cow's heads as weapons
  • The use of cats as silencers for shotguns and machine guns, involving pushing the barrel of the gun into the feline's rectum (this was commented on in an episode of Law & Order: SVU)
  • Crack pipes that can be smoked in order to regain health
  • Decapitating people with shovels and kicking the heads about
  • Playing "fetch" with dogs using peoples heads

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Game add-ons

An add-on called Postal²: Share The Pain extended the game with a multiplayer modus. Another add-on called Postal²: Apocalypse Weekend, scheduled to be released by Running With Scissors in mid-2005, expands the reaches of 'Paradise' and adds new weapons and foes. This product promises to raise Postal²'s gore and violence to an even greater level. Multiplayer is a mode of play for computer and video games in which multiple people can play the same game at the same time. ...


External links

  • Official Postal² Website (http://www.gopostal.com)
  • Open Directory Project: Postal² category (http://dmoz.org/Games/Video_Games/Shooter/P/Postal_Series/Postal_2/)
  • Postal² review at Adrenaline Vault (http://www.avault.com/reviews/review_temp.asp?game=postal2)
  • Postal² review at Gamespot (http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/postal2/review.html)

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